Disease Control

My wicked problem is bigger than yours!

Posted on 22 December 2011 by Bret Hart

The fact that health costs will consume the entire State Government budget in less than 25 years is a wicked problem* that precipitated the South Australian (SA) Government to explore a new approach to improving the health and wellbeing of the population.

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Who cares about cleaner living?

Posted on 26 September 2011 by Bret Hart

Some of you may know of the story related by the famous psychiatrist specialising in death and dying, the late Dr Elizabeth Kübler-Ross. She described how she had noticed that some of her patients in her hospital in Chicago were happier and more at peace on certain days. She discovered that this coincided with the days that an uneducated elderly black cleaning lady sat on their beds, occasionally held their hands and chatted and laughed with the patients. In particular there was one dying lady on oxygen who was in pain and in denial about her impending death who expressed concern to the cleaner that plugging in the vacuum cleaner might spark an explosion. The astute cleaner recognised this worry as a call for help with her fear of dying and seized the moment to explore her thanatophobia.

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Health Missing From the Climate Story

Posted on 23 May 2011 by Fiona Armstrong

In all the to and fro of the current carbon pricing debate here in Australia, one important aspect of the story on climate action is missing.

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Ecological Footprint Analysis and Obesity

Posted on 11 May 2011 by Glenn Albrecht

Modern humans have rapidly changed the conditions that were prevalent during their emergence as a species some 200,000 years ago. For tens of thousands of years humans lived within the constraints of their bioregions and made adaptive adjustments to climatic and biophysical changes. Within the last 10,000 years, humans have successfully colonised nearly every type of ecosystem and bioregion on the planet.

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